Marikina Holds Cultural Heritage Mapping Orientation

PIO Department


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Marikina held a cultural heritage mapping orientation recently as part of Mayor Marcy Teodoro’s project to document the heritage and history of the city known as the Shoe Capital of the Philippines.

The seminar -- conducted by experts in the field such as Professor Eric Zerrudo, director of UST Graduate School of Cultural Property and Environment in the Tropics – was attended by school teachers from Marikina and representatives from different communities in the city.

The participants in the seminar, notably the teachers, would be part of the team that would do an exhaustive research on culture, heritage and history of Marikina, where the country’s shoe industry started in 1887 under the stewardship of Don Laureano Guevara, better known as “Kapitan Moy.”

The project -- being undertaken by the Marikina City Tourism, Culture and the Arts Office (MCTCAO) under the leadership of Ponchie Santos, which would be working hand in hand with the Department of Education and the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina (PLMar) – is set to commence anytime soon.

Republic Act 10066 mandates all Local Government Units to conduct a comprehensive cultural heritage mapping of their areas, covering both tangible (structures and artifacts) and intangible (practices, knowledge, skills). The result of the cultural mapping shall be submitted and registered with the Philippine Registry of Cultural Property.

PLMar President Erico Habijan and faculty members from the school, as well as representatives from the Department of Education in Marikina headed by Sheryll Gayola, also attended the orientation seminar.

Marikina, celebrating its 388th Founding Anniversary this year, is home to some of the oldest houses, buildings and churches in the country such as the house of Kapitan Moy, the Our Lady of the Abandoned Church, among others. The city also has its own folk dances such as the famous Lerion, which has been performed by the Marikina Dance Guild all over the country.


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